Edmonds Military Wire: Christmas comes early for 150 military families

Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler

Bank of America teamed up with award-winning Operation Military Family and sent 150 service members and their families to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker in Seattle. Operation Military Family, based in Edmonds, is a veteran-owned small business whose mission is to enrich and strengthen service members, veterans and their families.

In an effort to create more “access to the arts” for children and families, Bank of America donated 150 tickets and worked with Operation Military Family to send military families to the one-of-kind Nutcracker production that features 200-plus dancers, gigantic moving sets, glorious costumes, stagecraft wizardry, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed live by the PNB Orchestra.

Bank of America — one of our nation’s leading financial institutions with a 10-year, $2 billion philanthropic goal — and Operation Military Family have been working together for more than three years to ensure that families from Joint-Base Lewis McChord, the Coast Guard, National Guard, and the Navy installations around Puget Sound are able to experience this often sold-out PNB production.

The complimentary tickets are a “hot item” every year and for most of the military families, the experience is a first and for some, an once-in-a-lifetime. As one official from JBLM reported, “Every soldier I have talked to that went had nothing but great things to say!”

Bottom line: this time of year provides an opportunity for each and every one of us to look beyond the wrapping and tinsel and recognize the moments for which we are thankful. Find a way to make someone smile – and let that be your gift.

– By Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

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